Ecofeminist theology : feminism, ecology, and the divine as femalePublic Deposited
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This paper explores the use of images of the divine as female by ecofeminist thealogians to imply an understanding of reality which unites spirituality with physicality and positively values both women and nature. The use of these images is intended to challenge the patriarchal inferiorization and exploitation of women and nature. It is used to suggest a non-patriarchal reconceptualization of the female self and to connect human being with physical processes of nature. The image of the divine as female, then, is used to suggest a fundamental inclusion of women and nature into our understanding of reality. More particularly, it is used to suggest that the interests and integrity of both women and nature must be included in our reconstruction of ethical guidelines. Ecofeminist thealogy, thus, sees the exploration and use of these images as a means of politically challenging the exploitation of women and nature.
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